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Deals wrap: GE to slow M&A warpath

March 29, 2011

General Electric Co Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt talks to the media before speaking at the Detroit Economic Club in Birmingham, Michigan June 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca CookGeneral Electric continued on its M&A warpath with a $3.2 billion agreement to acquire France’s Coverteam, a maker of automation systems used in the oil and gas sector, marking the latest in a series of deals in the energy industry. But, after some $11 billion in acquisitions in the energy sector over the past six months, GE plans to slow its pace of dealmaking, a top executive said.

Rio Tinto said it would go ahead with its A$3.9 billion ($4 billion) takeover offer for Riversdale Mining even if it ended up with a minority stake in the Mozambique-focused coal miner.

Canada’s federal election could add a fresh element of uncertainty to the London Stock Exchange‘s proposed C$3 billion ($3.1 billion) takeover of TMX Group, a deal which was already seen as far from a sure thing, writes Cameron French.

As lenders tighten mortgage standards and consumers stay on the sidelines amid a five-year slide in home prices, all-cash purchases are surging, writes Bloomerg’s John Gittelsohn. The deals are done mostly by investors who can get properties for less than buyers needing loans, fix them up and resell or rent them.

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